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Old 02-25-2016, 03:35 PM   #1
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RAM 1500 4WD gasser toad question

Have a new 2015 RAM 1500 4WD with 8 speed electronic transmission which I want to rig as a toad. Am aware of transmission and transfer case procedures, BUT what do you do with the electronic push button ignition to keep the steering wheel from locking up the alignment of the front tires? It appears to lock up if the ignition is turned off, and with all the electronic gizmos in that truck I wouldn't want to keep battery power on for long trips. Further I am not sure it will stay powered up in accessory mode more than a short time, it stays on maybe 15 minutes, and then shuts off.

This may be the same scheme as in the Jeep product line.

I don't want to be scuffing off the front tires with locked steering, so am looking for some experience here.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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What does your owner's manual say?
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That's the problem, it does not address the issue. Calling my service advisor didn't help, he was clearly advising from the same page as the manual, but reading from his computer.

I am hoping to find someone with personal experience who can tell me what is happening with their steering when they tow with the electronic key system.
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I have a RAM as well that I may set up soon (been thinking about it for some time) and believe the RAM's steering wheel doesn't lock.

Has anyone received further answers?


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I have a 2015 Ram that I'm setting up to tow. The steering wheel doesn't lock.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:37 PM   #6
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I have a 2014 Ram 1500 that I have been towing for 2 years. The steering wheel does not lock on mine. I worried about that at first so I coasted down hill to get the tires moving and wrestled the steering wheel around with the ignition off. Never had a problem.

By the way, I am going to trade it in if I can find a smaller toad since I no longer have to tow a camper as well as being a toad. Looking for buyers or trades.
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Have a new 2015 RAM 1500 4WD with 8 speed electronic transmission which I want to rig as a toad. Am aware of transmission and transfer case procedures, BUT what do you do with the electronic push button ignition to keep the steering wheel from locking up the alignment of the front tires? It appears to lock up if the ignition is turned off, and with all the electronic gizmos in that truck I wouldn't want to keep battery power on for long trips. Further I am not sure it will stay powered up in accessory mode more than a short time, it stays on maybe 15 minutes, and then shuts off.

This may be the same scheme as in the Jeep product line.

I don't want to be scuffing off the front tires with locked steering, so am looking for some experience here.

Thanks in advance for your input.
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First off, as you found out, most Service advisors DON'T HAVE A CLUE! The technology on may of these vehicles now days is changing so fast that, even the techs have a pretty hard time keeping up with it. But, if your owners manual does not address a potential issue when towing, and no one at the dealer can help accurately, I'd go right to the Factory Rep. Get him/her to dial in the factory and see what the people that created that vehicle have to say about the issue, if there is one.
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I got my Ram set up last week and looking forward to doing a test run with my coach. I was speaking to someone today who told me their Chevy vehicle adds Mileage to the odometer while being towed. Does anyone know if the Ram adds mileage while towing?


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I just bought a 2016. I have towed it about 5 time. My steering wheel does not lock.
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Re Ram and speedometer while being towed: My 2014 4wd 1500 did not add mileage while being towed. The reason it can be towed is due to the transfer case being in neutral so no movement in the driveline beyond that takes place and as far as I know, the odometer runs off something in the transmission (unless you are towing a VW bug that ran the odometer/speedometer off the left front wheel).

Just sold my Ram back to the dealer and bought a Subaru Forester to tow.
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Thanks so much for the information on the odometer! I had a Forester about 10 years ago and it was an awesome vehicle!


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I was able to successfully follow the steps for flat towing and all seems great. No issues going into neutral and the vehicle rolling freely.

When shifting from the flat tow mode to the normal drive position I have a slight clash of gears when it engages. Is that normal? Seems like it would be as the transmission is going from being free to engaged in a gear.




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I think the clash is normal. I think I figured out a way to keep it from clashing but can't remember for sure. It is the transfer case probably having square cut gears and the engine input is moving while the drive line is stopped. Don't know if you can shut the engine off and get it to engage the transfer case, but that might do it.
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